26 days in Texas Itinerary

26 days in Texas Itinerary

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26 days in Texas Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Dallas
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Corpus Christi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
South Padre Island
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Austin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Fredericksburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Antonio
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
7
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Arlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
9
Fort Worth
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
10
Grapevine
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and then steep yourself in history at Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dallas trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Dallas is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Dallas is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect nights in Dallas to be a bit warmer, around 26°C, while days are much hotter, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi ©
A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Padre Island National Seashore and Port Aransas Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of USS LEXINGTON and identify plant and animal life at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Corpus Christi trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Corpus Christi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Aransas, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Padre Island National Seashore ©
Padre Island National Seashore
Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay ©
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

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night
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 4th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island travel route website .

Drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Corpus Christi in October, South Padre Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Let the collections at Bullock Texas State History Museum and LBJ Presidential Library capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to 6th Street or South Congress Avenue. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, get your game on at The Escape Game Austin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sitagu Buddha Vihara, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Austin trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Austin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Padre Island in October since evenings lows in Austin dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

2
nights
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
On the 8th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, then get engrossed in the history at Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Pacific War, and finally learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main. On the next day, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Garrison Brothers Distillery, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg, explore and take pictures at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, then view the masterpieces at Agave Gallery Fine Art, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fredericksburg itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Austin to Fredericksburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Austin in October, things will get a bit cooler in Fredericksburg: highs are around 31°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Garrison Brothers Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area ©

3
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Attractions like Natural Bridge Caverns and SeaWorld San Antonio make great kid-friendly stops. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Alamo and San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral. The adventure continues: shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, pause for some serene contemplation at Little Church of La Villita, don't miss a visit to La Villita Historic Arts Village, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Antonio trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fredericksburg in October, things will get somewhat warmer in San Antonio: highs are around 36°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Natural Bridge Caverns ©
Natural Bridge Caverns

3
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): tee off at Hermann Park, see the interesting displays at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the galleries of Cockrell Butterfly Center, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Houston Zoo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Houston trip planner .

Traveling by bus from San Antonio to Houston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October in Houston, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arlington.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Hermann Park ©
Hermann Park
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo

3
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
The popular saying goes, "Everything's bigger in Texas!" and Arlington exemplifies that maxim.
Six Flags Over Texas has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see Lifestylez Nails Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Six Flags Over Texas.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Arlington driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by flight from Houston to Arlington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Houston in October, Arlington is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Arlington

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Fort Worth, Lifestylez Nails Spa
Highlights from your plan
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
Six Flags Over Texas ©
Six Flags Over Texas

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nights
Fort Worth

Fort Worth ©
Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, admire the masterpieces at Kimbell Art Museum, and then get to know the resident critters at Fort Worth Zoo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fort Worth online holiday builder .

Fort Worth is very close to Arlington. In October in Fort Worth, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grapevine.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Sugar Tree Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center ©
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Kimbell Art Museum ©
Kimbell Art Museum
Fort Worth Botanic Garden ©
Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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nights
Grapevine

Grapevine ©
Named for the fruit that grows here, Grapevine cultivates its local flavor in grapes and wines.
On the 20th (Sun), see Lifestylez Nails Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): browse the different shops at Grapevine Mills, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Dallas, then get to know the fascinating history of Grapevine Historic Main Street District, and finally view the masterpieces at Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Grapevine trip itinerary planner .

Grapevine is just a short distance from Fort Worth. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grapevine

Fun & Games Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Colleyville Nature Center, iFLY Dallas, TopGolf The Colony, A. W. Perry Homestead
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
TopGolf The Colony ©
TopGolf The Colony
Colleyville Nature Center ©
Colleyville Nature Center

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